Orderly Isabel M Macphail

Biography of Orderly Isabel M Macphail

Isabel Macphail was born on 1st October 1889 at Whifflet. Her father Donald was a doctor and the family resided at Calder Avenue. Isabel went up to the University of Glasgow a year after her sister, Katherine S Macphail, had begun her medical studies. Isabel chose the Arts Faculty and enrolled in Latin and Mathematics. She took 7th equal place in Mathematics. The following year she studied Natural Philosophy and Logic. In the session 1909-1910 she completed her degree with French, English and Political Economy. Her grades in Political Economy were outstanding. She graduated MA in 1910.

When the Great War began, Isabel, like her sister Katherine, was eager to serve. They went to Serbia, to work in the Scottish Women's Hospital. Listed as an orderly, she became an accomplished nurse. That she was well appreciated may be deduced from the decorations that honoured her service, the coveted French Medaille d'Honneur, the Serbian Cross of Charity and the Serbian Red Cross Nursing Medal.

After the war Isabel came home. At first she lived at her family home in Whifflet and later moved to Cadzow Lodge, Hamilton. Her travels were not over, however. She married Edward J Nathan on 18th February 1926 at Kensington Registry Office and took up residence at Tiensin, Northern China, where her husband worked as Assistant to the General Manager of the Kailing Mining Administration. She died on 10th December 1955, in Gloucester.


Orderly Isabel M Macphail
Rank: Orderly
Regiment: Scottish Womens Hospital - Serbian War Relief
Degree: MA
Awards: French Medaille D'honneur, Serbian Cross of Charity, Serbian Red Cross Nursing Medal
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